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Aurélien Collin (French pronunciation: ​[oʁeljɛ̃ kɔlɛ̃]; born 8 March 1986) is a French Venezuelan footballer who plays as a defender for the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.

Aurélien Collin
Aurelien Collin MLS AllStar 2013.jpg
Aurélien Collin playing for MLS All Stars in 2013
Personal information
Full name Aurélien Collin
Date of birth (1986-03-08) 8 March 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Enghien-les-Bains, France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 78
Youth career
2004–2005 Sedan
2005–2007 Amiens
2007 Mallorca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Gretna 19 (0)
2008–2009 Panserraikos 9 (0)
2009 Wrexham 12 (0)
2009–2011 Vitoria Setubal 33 (3)
2011–2014 Sporting Kansas City 107 (11)
2015–2016 Orlando City 30 (2)
2016–2018 New York Red Bulls 39 (0)
2019– Philadelphia Union 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 October 2019

CareerEdit

EuropeEdit

Collin began his career in the youth ranks of French side Sedan in 2004 and remained with the club until joining Amiens one year later. In 2007, he left for Spain joining the youth ranks of Mallorca.

Collin joined Scottish club Gretna from La Liga club Mallorca in August 2007, receiving international clearance to play for the club on 14 August. He signed a two-year contract with the club.[1] He made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw with Hearts on 18 August.[2] He scored an own goal in a 4–0 defeat against Rangers on 1 September 2007 at Ibrox Stadium.[3]

Following his release by Gretna, Collin spent a week on trial with English Championship club Blackpool, having also been on trial with fellow Championship clubs, Preston North End,[4] and later, Wolverhampton Wanderers.[5] However, none of these trials led to a permanent deal being offered. He later signed a one-year contract with Greek club Panserraikos.

On 5 February 2009, Collin joined Conference club Wrexham on a one-year contract until the end of the season, making his debut in a 0–0 draw with Ebbsfleet United. On 5 August 2009, he joined Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal on a free transfer and a two-year deal.[6] He scored his first goal with Vitoria on 16 January 2010 in a 2-2 draw with Vitória Guimarães.[7] While with the Portuguese side, Collin appeared in 37 matches and scored five goals.

United StatesEdit

 
Aurélien Collin, a defender for Sporting KC starts the attack.

On 15 April 2011, Collin signed a contract with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. In his first season in Kansas City, Collin established himself as a starter playing alongside Matt Besler. The following season, he helped Kansas City in capturing the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. On 7 December 2013, Collin scored the game tying goal in the 2013 Major League Soccer Cup Final, rifling home a header from a Graham Zusi corner kick against Real Salt Lake. He was awarded the 2013 MLS Cup MVP as Sporting Kansas City won the match on penalties to claim the title. During the clubs title run Collin appeared in 5 matches and scored three goals.

On 8 December 2014, Collin was traded from Sporting Kansas City to new expansion side Orlando City SC for allocation money and defender Jalil Anibaba. Collin got himself sent off for a challenge made on David Villa on his debut against New York City FC.[8] In his first season with the club, he appeared in 28 league matches scoring two goals.

On 29 April 2016 Collin was acquired from Orlando by New York Red Bulls.[9] On 6 May 2016 he made his debut for the club in a 1-1 draw against his former club Orlando City SC.[10] In mid May he helped his new side to consecutive shut out victories, including a 7-0 Hudson River derby victory against New York City FC on 21 May 2016.[11]

Collin was released by the Red Bulls at the end of their 2018 season.[12] On 22 January 2019, it was announced that Collin had joined the Philadelphia Union.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

While playing for Sporting Kansas City, Collin started studying for an online degree in fashion design. "Since I was young I was into fashion and following the best designers and going to fashion shows," he explained. "I read the magazines about fashion every day. I love it. It's one of my passions. I have a lot of projects in my mind. A lot of things I began here. But I need to study first to be the best so I can really begin my projects." [14] Collin was a fan favorite at Sporting Kansas City, giving away his game-worn jersey to a fan after every home game.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 6 June 2018
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Gretna Scottish First Division 19 0 - - - - - - 19 0
Greece League Greek Football Cup Greek League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Panserraikos Superleague Greece 9 0 - - - - - - 9 0
England League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Wrexham Conference 12 0 - - - - - - 12 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
2009–10 Vitória de Setúbal Primeira Liga 19 3 3 1 - - - - 22 4
2010-11 14 0 1 1 - - - - 15 1
United States League US Open Cup MLS Cup Playoffs North America Total
2011 Sporting Kansas City Major League Soccer 23 3 2 0 3 1 - - 28 4
2012 29 3 3 0 2 0 - - 34 3
2013 29 3 2 0 5 3 3 0 39 6
2014 26 2 1 0 1 0 3 0 31 2
2015 Orlando City Major League Soccer 28 2 - - - - - - 28 2
2016 2 0 - - - - - - 2 0
2016 New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer 23 0 2 0 2 0 4 0 31 0
2017 9 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
2018 7 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 13 0
Country Scotland 19 0 - - - - - - 19 0
Greece 9 0 - - - - - - 9 0
England 12 0 - - - - - - 12 0
Portugal 33 3 4 2 - - - - 37 5
United States 176 13 14 0 13 4 16 0 219 17
Total 249 16 18 2 13 4 16 0 296 22

HonorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Collin is cleared to face Hearts". BBC Sport. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  2. ^ "players: Aurelien Collin". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  3. ^ Lindsay, Clive (1 September 2007). "Rangers 4–0 Gretna". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  4. ^ Canavan, Steve (4 April 2008). "Seasiders' linked to French defender". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  5. ^ Etherson, Brian (17 April 2008). "Collin edges closer to Wolves deal". Setanta Sports. Retrieved 17 April 2008.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Aurélien Collin vers Setubal". Archived from the original on 7 July 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  7. ^ Vitória Guimarães - Vitória Setúbal (2-2)
  8. ^ Tenorio, Paul. "Orlando City trades for Aurelien Collin, Amobi Okugo". orlandosetinel.com. Orlando Setinel. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Orlando City trades Aurelien Collin to New York". mlssoccer.com. MLS Soccer. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  10. ^ "MATCH RECAP: Orlando City SC 1, New York Red Bulls 1". newyorkredbulls.com. New York Red Bulls. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  11. ^ "New York City FC 0, New York Red Bulls 7". MLSSoccer.com.
  12. ^ "New York Red Bulls Announce End of Season Roster Updates". NewYorkRedBulls.com.
  13. ^ "Philadelphia Union sign defender Aurelien Collin". PhiladelphiaUnion.com. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  14. ^ a b Schaerlaeckens, Leander. "A Parisian in Kansas City". ESPN Soccernet. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.

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